Modern People in Northern Virginia and Metro DC
by I AM Modern Magazine
At I AM Modern, Metro DC women share their challenges and triumphs about motherhood, womanhood and life in general. In each issue of I AM Modern, we feature modern women who represent our community, culture and diversity.
Tell us a little about yourself and your company. Who is Natalie Lambert, what does Savoir Faire do?
I have been married to my best friend for 11 years, and we have two wonderful and wild girls. You can expect to find our car, house, or backyard full of neighborhood children at any given time on the weekends. I love to read, and you can be sure there is an audio-book playing whenever I design. I love all things mid-century modern and retro, and it definitely shows in some of our best designs. My escape is watching movies, which is rare, but a treat when I can find some time to myself, and it is not uncommon for me to watch a favorite over and over again and still enjoy it immensely. I am a self-confessed email and Facebook addict, but awareness is the first step, right?
When most people think of a farmers market, they tend to think the markets usually close once the fall season comes around. Many folks don’t realize that quite a number of the farmers markets in our area remain open during the winter months. In fact, according to Falls Church Farmers Market Chef Demonstration program founder Kathleen Nixon, about more than half of the local markets stay open with reduced hours in the colder months.
The show highlights some of the most exciting culinary and cultural traditions in the richly diverse Metropolitan D.C. area. We spoke to Lauren about her show, her favorite chefs and restaurants, and her travels across the globe.
As usual, I'm often knee deep in 20 million things when out of nowhere, I get my regular "Ali Vonal, Editor" email with a new writing assignment for I Am Modern Magazine. I love the "please-write-thisarticle- for-us-Mayra" emails from Ali. Th ey are always a very welcome interruption from the crazy, hectic nature of my work days.
Do you have a thing for love stories? Do you enjoy tales of human achievement and inspiration?
Well, you’re in luck. I’ve got both genres right here and, trust me, you may not make it past the first few sentences in this piece without a tissue or two handy.
Tell us about your experience in philanthropy.
Giving back is very important to me. It is one of my primary core values. I feel that it is part of my responsibility to get involved and be a part of my community. Not everyone can make huge cash donations, but everyone can give an hour or two of his or her time. There are so many non-profits in the region that need the support of their residents, businesses and civic leaders. Today’s nonprofits are expected to do more, serve more and provide more with dwindling resources.
You’ve started two non-profit organizations, All Ages Read Together and 100 Women Strong. What was your motivation to give so much of your time and energy to the non-profit world?
If we pay attention, we are given opportunities to add value to the world around us. I have always loved to read, and so I was particularly attracted to the challenge of literacy, especially for children who otherwise would enter school with a big deficit. And using older volunteers from the community− an underutilized resource − to help an underserved population seemed like a nobrainer and a win-win situation. The positive effect on members of our community is invaluable and could be accomplished at a very low cost. And I always like doing things a little differently and a little smarter.
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